The Laid Back Lactivist

The Fed Is Best Campaign: Language of Advertising vs Language of Information

In recent years, formula manufacturers have been aggressively marketing their products as the middle ground where all parents can  share, compromise and support each other.  Examples of this include Similac’s “Sisterhood of Motherhood” and the “I Support You” campaigns which boldly claim that their objective is to stand behind parents no matter what their feeding choices. Their premise is that …

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“Fed is Best”: Fake News

The article below is the first in a series of articles which will examine social media discourse of an organization whose stated purpose includes informing parents of the dangers of exclusive breastfeeding. The message within a message: Examining a Fed Is Best meme. It is a lucky happenstance when the acronym of an organization reflects its purpose, but the the …

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Babywearing: What’s In It For Mom?

  Babywearing as the Biological Norm My focus as a mother supporter, aka doula, is with the needs of the mother. For when we address the needs of the mother we by default address the needs of the baby.  So what is in a sling for the mother? Many years ago a history professor made an off the cuff remark …

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Breastfeeding Twins: Yes You Can!

I have always wondered why women, myself included, get such odd looks and negative comments when we say we are going to breastfeed our expected twins, triplets or more. Because once a mother and her babies get the breastfeeding “down,” it’s actually easier to breastfeed. Also, each multiple and his/her mother has as much right to the breastfeeding relationship (and …

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Breastfeeding Mythbusters

Over the past forty years of working with nursing moms and babies (first as a La Leche League Leader, and then as an IBCLC),  I’ve seen a lot of changes come and go in the lactation world. There has been a lot of old school advice about breastfeeding that was not only incorrect, but also sounds more than a little crazy …

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Facebook’s War on Nipples

I originally posted this in 2012, but although Facebook has lightened up on its censorship policies since then, their censorship of breastfeeding photos still crops up way too often, so I’m sharing it again after a little editing to reflect how Facebook’s  policies have changed since I wrote this 3 year ago. This article explains Facebook’s new policy on breastfeeding photos …

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Boob Nazi? No.

Once again, I came across a biased breastfeeding bashing article that demonized lactation consultants, and I’m royally pissed. I’ll cut straight to the chase here:  There is a huge difference between a “Breastfeeding Nazi”, and a “Lactavist”. As an IBCLC, I’m insulted by being called the former, and proud to be called the latter. I am NOT a Boob Nazi. …

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